Last time: we entered the house, investigated it, and fought tiatha. Tiatha got away, but we survived so… even?
We begin discussing what to do, telling the guards they can now enter. They discuss future courses of action, deciding it was time to go to the basement. Sharzad asks about a plan to use Nalia’s magic to chase Tiatha, but Riaeki says it’s not necessary. Sharzad is surprised, but Riaeki says that if they’re gonna kill Tiatha, Tiatha’ll come to them, and there’s no use in chasing a pheonix.
Sharzad inspects the roots and notices the growth seems to get stronger from a point. We go to the basement- there’s nothing there, but we choose some good wine and bad liquor. Sharzad takes Ksenja and Lilith, and searches for the center of the roots. They find a thicket of impassible plants, and Ksenja talks to them, convincing them to open the way. Nalia and Riaeki join us, and we find our way through, to a gnarled and inwardly turned tree with strange red-ish fruit. We speak to it, and it explains it was brought here as a seed, and Tiatha tended to it. Ksenja promises to care for it. We learn that the magic here is fading naturally, and will soon be gone, and we collect some of it’s fruit for ourselves.
We move on to inspecting the rest of the house. Nalia looks for arcane books, Lilith and Ksenja search for valuables, and Riaeki looks through the house to try to find some connection to her memories while Sharzad awkwardly han\gs around her. Lilith and Ksenja find a massive amount of gold throughout the house- 48,000 gold,28,000 platinum, and the following treasures:
3 opals, 1 fire opal, 1 black opal
4 blue sapphires, star ruby, emerald
finely embroired gloves (with jewel chips)
obsidian statuette with gold fittings (elven godemperor)
a jade gameboard with solid gold game pieces
They also find a number of extremely powerful magic items:
Ring of Command Earth Elemental
Belt of Cloud Giant Strength
Iron Horn of Valhalla
Well of many worlds
Staff of Power
Riaeki explores the house- overcome with a sense of familiarity and homeyness, but also mixed in with memories of her visions, and without any memories of having actually been there. She looks through her old room, finding the most used training weapon (a longsword) and taking it.Searching through desks and lockboxes she finds some records, and a little black book of records.
She looks for personal pictures and letters, finding nothing in most of the house- until she searches the room of a house servant who died on her bed in the blooming. Under her bed is a lockbox of items & letters she had saved from whenever Tiatha purged the house of memories. Inside She finds letter correspondence between her and her father about the state of his children and their learning/development, kids sketches of the family together… including this woman. She finds diary entries from when Tiatha was a teen. There’s also a locket, with a painted portrait of her father, and on the other side a portrait of a high elf woman who looks like she might be her mother. Inscribed is her mother’s name- Ellebrian Inyar Valtaeris. The servant’s name was Nerwen Alotel.
Sharzad suggests maybe trying to pay for a resurrection, but neither of them really know the protocol for that. Riaeki says that she doesn’t really know how to feel about this- it’s just walking through someone’s house, and she’s going to give it away to Ksenja anyways.
Riaeki sits down on the bed and says that she doesn’t want this house of trade… or to stay with the mercenary company after defeating Yleth. She wants to sail and live on the sea. Sharzad says she’s not sure she wants to either… she wants to go to Dahkri An-gyyr. They joke a bit about being at odds (and about teleporting to each other) but don’t really come to a conclusion.
They head back down and RIaeki lets Ksenja know that she can own the house, and potentially the business. They discuss an alliance with the house of ink and how to get the paperwork sorted. Lilith says she’s going to be headed to Marin Court to try to help the country deal with the coming crisis caused by Ylethaen. Sharzad asks her not to go all noble and betray them, then wishes her luck. Sharzad asks if Ksenja intends to stay her, then, and she replies yes. She offers to help once she’s more established in the city, and Sharzad asks if she’d be willing to help fight if things get Apocalyptic. She agrees. Sharzad and Nalia discuss her exploding staff and play chess- Sharzad wins.
Nalia and Ksenja discuss libraries and the underdark, and Ksenja offers to help her access the libraries of the deep janine in the coming years.
Lilith and Ksenja go on a shopping montage to get Ksenja set up for businessing, and discuss the future of the business- imports from the underdark! Lilith helps Ksenja get all the forms together to take control of the business. They wish each other luck in the future.
Riaeki and Ksenja meet in the greenhouse, discussing her future and how she lucked into a big inheritance of a business and a house. Riaeki points out that she helped them survive the underdark and navigate dealing with the deep gnomes, so really she earned it. Ksenja says her doors will always be open- Riaeki: “I hope so, it’s my house!”. As Riaeki is moving to go, Ksenja says ‘Duck!’ and fires an arrow. Riaeki dodges. Ksenja says, this house didn’t seem a lot like Riaeki, even before it was covered in plants. Before she leaves, Ksenja promises to capture and torture Tiatha if she ever comes back.
Sharzad apologizes for getting angry when they got stuck in a rockslide, and Ksenja offers her a melon.